Drivers: Kennedy Bridge still a bumpy ride even after repairs

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by Chelsea Rabideau

WHAS11.com

Posted on July 25, 2012 at 11:27 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 26 at 9:08 AM

LOUISVILLE,Ky. (WHAS11) -- The Kennedy Bridge finally has a new surface. But, after all the construction, we found some drivers saying the new paving work is like riding waves. And, the work they just finished is only temporary.

Construction, lane closures, the work on the John F. Kennedy Bridge has been a traffic nightmare. But, drivers thought it was worth it, if it fixed the problem. But, when repaving wrapped up this week, some drivers complained that the new surface is still uneven and bumpy, like riding waves. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says the southbound slow lane rides wavy because traffic is still shifted over the drains. The lanes will be shifted back once the barrier wall is replaced. Drivers who travel the bridge regularly say they willl take what they can get.

One driver says, “I think it could’ve been a little smoother. But, it’s a big improvement. I just hope down the line, in a year or two, they don’t have to do this again.”

However, they will have to do it again, when work on the $2.6 billion Ohio River Bridges Project gets underway next spring. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is calling the recent work an “intermediate fix” saying when construction starts on the downtown portion of the Ohio River Bridges Project, the Kennedy bridge deck will be completely replaced.

The Transportation Cabinet says, given the conditions, they felt they ended up with a pretty good product. They were working with a deck that is 50-years-old and trying to tie the new pavement onto existing joints which is part of what is making the ride so rough.

 

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